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Smithsonian American Art Museum Virtual Fellows Lectures

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a series of lectures highlighting new scholarship in the field of American art with the museum’s celebrated fellows.

May 12, 2021 - May 14, 2021. From: 02:30 PM to 05:00 PM

Join the 2020-2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as they present new scholarship on a range of topics and time periods, media, and messages. This series of lectures presented entirely online highlights a new generation of scholars who are pushing boundaries and helping us understand the importance of examining and re-examining American art through new perspectives. More information and a detailed schedule are available at

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET 

Moderated by Crawford Alexander Mann III, curator of prints and drawings, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

  • Sirpa Salenius, Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow, University of Eastern Finland, Otium et Negotium: Edmonia Lewis, Sallie Mercer, and Sarah Parker Remond in Italy  
  • Serena Qiu, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, University of Pennsylvania, An Audience with the Empress: The Placement of Cixi’s Portrait in the 1904 St. Louis Exposition 
  • Allison Robinson, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, University of Chicago, Certain fields must be excluded in this first project’: Defining the American Craftsman in the Index of American Design 

Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET 

Moderated by Saisha Grayson, curator of time-based media, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

  • Pierre-Jacques Pernuit, Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellow, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Phantasmagoric Abstract Painting: Thomas Wilfred’s Mobile Color Theatre 1918–1925  
  • Ana Gabriela Rodriguez, predoctoral fellow in Latinx art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Courtauld Institute of Art Alternative Visions: Puerto Rico’s Generación del 50 between the graphic and photographic 
  • Lauren van Haaften-Schick, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University Use the system as a pipeline: Artists' Resale Royalties to the Redistribution of Wealth 


Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET 

Moderated by Mary Savig, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

  • Janine DeFeo, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, City University of New York, The Graduate Center Commensality and Its Discontents: Alison Knowles’s 1960’s Food Scores 
  • Theo Gordon, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, The Courtauld Institute of Art Coming Out with a Camera: Sunil Gupta and Hinda Schuman 
  • Cyle Metzger, predoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University Body Doubles: Gender Transformation in Greer Lankton’s Dolls 

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